By Jennifer Pund
ST. MARY’S GLACIER/ALICE
Living at 10,000 feet is not easy, so the residents of St. Mary’s Glacier and Alice are throwing a family-friendly party, Glacier Fest 2014, to celebrate summer in the mountains. The free event features great music, crafts, simple food and drinks as well as a personal view of the high altitude community and “all they have to offer residents and visitors.”
Originated as a one-off event in the ’80s, the Alice Historical Society and St. Mary’s Property Owners Association, thought it would be fun to rekindle the Glacier Fest last year. It was successful enough to bring it back, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Relax and enjoy the sounds of Arnie J. Green and Erik “X” Lilley, Black Lightning, Circle Number Dot, Fall River Road Band and headliners Stark Raven on the banks of Silver Lake beginning at noon. An Open Mic session takes place from
10 a.m. to noon as well.
A simple menu of hamburgers and hot dogs will be cooking all day on the grill manned by local residents. Clear Creek Liquor and TommyKnocker Brewery are supplying beer and root beer. Wine, water and soda will also be available.
Guests can experience a guided hike of St. Mary’s Glacier at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Gold panning is offered on the Silver Creek flowing out of Silver Lake. The historic Alice Schoolhouse and Community Center will be open for visiting and picnicking while gold panning, horseshoes and other family-friendly events will be offered.
“Bring your lawn chair or use the straw bales for seating, play some horseshoes and visit the vendors. I hope you can join us for some grilling and chilling on the hill,” Jacquie Zegan, President, Alice Historical Society said.